I'm fascinated by the fast food industry's methodical design and preparation of its food products, like how a simple change in a restaurant chain's menu could affect the nationwide supply and demand of a particular ingredient. Despite what you think about the quality of the food on McDonald's menu, there's a lot of thought and experimentation that goes into designing each item. (Something poked fun at in the Breaking Bad season 5 episode "Madrigal".) The creation of the McWrap, for example, was a two-year process spearheaded by McDonald's executive chef and head of culinary innovation. Yes, culinary innovation. McDonald's employs experienced chefs and dietitians in its kitchen labs, and they're occasionally given the opportunity to flex their culinary skills at events like this New York City chef's gala. On the menu: french fry gnocchi, slow-cooked beef (the same in McD's hamburger patties) with blueberry pomegranate sauce, and a pumpkin spice donut using biscuit mix.